- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, September 14th 2019
- bet365 Stadium
James Crawley reports from bet365 Stadium
Report: Stoke City 1-2 Bristol City
Saturday, September 14th 2019
Two second-half goals saw City fight back against ten-man Stoke City and stretch their unbeaten run to six matches in the Sky Bet Championship.
A pinpoint effort from Sam Clucas beat Daniel Bentley to gift the Potters an early lead, before Joe Allen was dismissed for a rash challenge on Josh Brownhill at the bet365 Stadium.
Jack Hunt played his part in both City goals; the first a cross for Famara Diédhiou who headed City level as Lee Johnson’s side looked to capitalise on their extra man advantage.
And just after the hour mark, Tom Edwards was left red faced when he turned another Hunt cross over the line, despite Stoke’s best effort to clear.
Johnson made two changes from the previous outing against Middlesbrough, handing a first start to Ashely Williams, while Diédhiou led the line. On-loan Stoke striker Benik Afobe Afobe was not allowed to feature against his parent club.
The opening goal came after just four minutes from a Stoke corner, when Bruno Martins Indi pulled the ball back across goal and Clucas was well positioned to drive the ball into the top corner with a first-time shot.
But cheers soon turned to boos when Allen was given his marching orders. His first touch was poor and as the ball rolled towards Brownhill, Allen slid in with a studs-raised challenge on the City captain. Stoke’s midfielder was shown the red card, leaving the home side with a man disadvantage.
City switched it up from a tactical sense, Antoine Semenyo introduced for Taylor Moore as Johnson looked to attack with the extra player.
However, credit to Stoke who battled to keep on top and only a fine block from Bentley denied James McClean from close range.
Andreas Weimann went close to equalising after playing a one-two with Diedhiou but the Austrian saw his effort blocked by Jack Butland when he got behind the Stoke defence.
City ended the half strongly but couldn’t muster much more than half chances with Kasey Palmer and Tommy Rowe firing wide, before Semenyo blazed over the crossbar.
The home support tried their best to roar on the Potters for the start of the second half but the Robins had other ideas, and within ten minutes of the restart were level.
City finally got their reward when Hunt teased McClean and beat him down the right. The City number two produced a floated cross which Diédhiou guided past Butland with a downward header in front of the travelling away supporters.
Johnson made his second change of the afternoon, introducing Niclas Eliasson for Palmer and instantly City took the lead.
Hunt was involved again, putting in another cross from the righthand side which Edwards bundled over the line via the post, while under pressure from Eliasson. Stoke did their best to clear the ball and there was a brief moment of panic as everyone in black looked at the referee, but technology came to their rescue.
Chances would come at a premium thereafter though Tommy Rowe had to produce a vital backpost block, and at the other end Williams couldn’t keep a header down as he looked to grab a goal against his former club.
Next up for City is a return home to Ashton Gate, where they entertain Swansea City in a week’s time (Saturday, August 21st, 3pm KO).
- Clucas (4') , Edwards (62' og)
- James McClean, Tom Ince, Lee Gregory
- Diédhiou (55')
- Taylor Moore, Kasey Palmer